Beyond Southern Africa
A Story of The Fight for Freedom
By Malik Stan Reaves
Copyright 2012 Malik Stan Reaves
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To many people, the liberation of Southern Africa refers to the historic struggle that ended the inhuman, racist system of apartheid in South Africa. That decades-long effort drew millions into an international freedom movement which brought both Nelson Mandela and a free South Africa onto the world stage.
In truth, the liberation of Southern Africa was never just about one country. Its real goal was freedom for the five countries of the continent's southernmost region still dominated by white regimes* well after the rest of the continent had freed itself from European colonialism during the 1960s. African leaders realized that freedom for all of Southern Africa meant completing the campaign against colonialism. The white-minority regimes reinforced and relied on each other to maintain their hegemony. Without Portugal's two major Southern African colonies, the remaining white-controlled nations would be seriously weakened and more vulnerable to defeat.